In a box of personal pictures and mementos donated to our area Goodwill, I found two pictures of what appear to be members of the Drake family. Thomas E. Drake is a well-dressed man of middle years sitting in a nicely appointed office. The furniture and clothing seem to indicate early 1900’s. There was a… Continue reading Thomas and Alice Hutchins Drake: A Study of Mistaken Assumptions
Recently, one of the Goodwill administrative assistants entrusted the South Bend Area Genealogical Society with a box of personal items and photos that had been donated at various Goodwill sites in our area. She asked us, if possible, to find family and return what should be a valued heirloom. Well, you know that’s a challenge… Continue reading Treasures from the Goodwill: From Pearl to Aunt Abbie and Uncle Edd
The main subject of a photograph is not always the people involved. For example, look at these two photographs from my family collection labeled O.H. and Belle Vivell at Gay’s Mills, Wisconsin, in September 1921. Notice that the automobile seems to be more important in the photographs than the background or the people. In both… Continue reading Shiny New Cars And Women In Pants – What Can We Learn From This Picture?
Among my family pictures I found a CDV photograph that had been sent to my ancestor Frank Vivell. You may remember in March 2017, we explored a picture labeled Frank Vivell, taken in St Louis in the late 1860’s to early 1870’s to determine if it was Frank X. Vivell, born 1830 in Baden, or… Continue reading Fathers and Sons, the Story of Four Franks
Photo provided by Pete Mohney This is cased photograph, a type of photo that we have not yet discussed on this blog. Unfortunately this is a copy of a copy. We would be able to see more if we had the original in hand, but this is such a rare treasure, we can learn… Continue reading A Rare Treasure
This week’s photo is not actually a photo, but a photocopy which was donated to the Mishawaka Penn Harris Public Library. Notice that the original had been cropped before donation cutting off the right side and leaving us to make an educated guess on the size of the original. It is most likely either a… Continue reading C.P. Hendershot: School Records and Copies
This time, we have a more modern set of pictures. The most recent picture is labeled “Taken in Norwalk March ’45” and “Left to right March 1945 Lydia Seibel Pfaff, Olla Seibel Pfaff, Louise Seibel Stafford”. In faint writing on top of the card is what seems to be the name “Otto”, but there is… Continue reading The Seibel Sisters Over the Years